BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk

2.0 Freely Distributable
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A Linux bootdisk that does not use a ramdisk, so it will run on computers with very little RAM

editor's review





BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk is an open source and tiny operating system forked from the Tiny Linux Bootdisk distribution and designed from the ground up to be used as a system rescue CD that runs on computers with very little RAM (system memory).

It’s distributed as a bootable floppy image

The OS is built around the BusyBox and uClibc software components, powered by a Linux 2.4 kernel optimized with the BG-Rescue Linux patch, and including the dosfstools, gpart, LILO, ms-sys and oneit_lite command-line tools.

Supports a wide range of hardware components

Supported hardware components include IDE, CD-ROM, ATAPI Disk, normal floppy disk and loopback block devices, VGA Text console, generic keyboard devices, ISA or PCI buses, parallel ports, as well as PLIP (Parallel Link) cable for networking.

Supports numerous file systems

While support for ISAPNP and Plug and Play is also included, the distribution supports the EXT2, EXT3, VFAT, RAMFS, TMPFS, ISO9660 and PROC file systems.

BusyBox contains a plethora of useful commands

BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk’s best feature is the BusyBox software, which contains a plethora of useful commands. Among these, we can mention ash, chattr, cat, chgrp, chown, chmod, cp, date, cut, dd, dmesg, df, du, e2label, e2fsck, echo, env, egrep, false, fgrep, fdisk, find, fsck, fsck.ext2, fsck.ext3, findfs and grep.

In addition, the gzip, gunzip, ifconfig, head, kill, loadkmap, ln, ls, losetup, lsattr, mkdir, md5sum, mke2fs, mkfs.ext2, mkfs.ext3, mkswap, mknod, mount, more, mv, ps, nc, pwd, rm, rmdir, reset, sed, sleep, sh, sort, swapon, swapoff, sync, tar, tail, test, true, touch, tty, tune2fs, uniq, umount, unzip, wc, vi, yes and zcat commands are also included.

It can be used to install Debian GNU/Linux or Windows

Another interesting feature is the ability to install a Debian GNU/Linux or an old Microsoft Windows operating system on a slow computer that uses only 4MB or RAM. More details about how to use BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk can be found on the project's homepage.

BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 7th, 2014
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